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May 19, 2017

Fire Coordinator Provides Advice on Burning Brush in Oswego County

OSWEGO - Oswego County Fire Coordinator advised today that although the New York State burn ban ended May 14, people should still use caution when burning brush.

In towns with less than 20,000 residents, burning of downed limbs and branches with leaves attached is allowed between May 14 and March 15, 2018.

Individual municipalities may pass their own ordinances that restrict open burning. Forbes encourages residents to check with their local town or village to find out if local law requires a permit or prohibits open fires.

"If residents decide to burn brush, they should consider burning when conditions are more favorable such as during or soon after a rain event, when there is little or no wind to spread the flames," said Forbes. "Never leave a fire unattended and always be sure the fire is completely out."

Residents are encouraged to mulch or compost brush along with other yard waste. In rural areas brush piles can provide habitat for wildlife.

Forbes offers these fire safety tips:

Additional information on NYS open burning regulations is posted at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/58519.html.

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